LA QUINTA, Calif. — Duffy Waldorf, playing the Bob Hope Classic just to tune up his game, shot an 8-under-par 64 on Friday to grab a share of the third-round lead.
Disappointed after he failed to make the cut last week in Hawaii, Waldorf considered skipping the Hope, but eventually decided that he needed to play.
"I really came here kind of just to work on my game," said Waldorf, tied with Kirk Triplett and Deane Pappas at 19-under 197 through the first three rounds of the 90-hole event.
Waldorf, who has won four PGA Tour events, described his third round as "eight birdies and 10 holes of survival," and still has just one bogey through 54 holes. He found that rather amazing.
Pappas, a South African who is a former roommate of John Daly at the University of Arkansas, shot a 63, and Triplett had a 64.
Second-round leader John Senden had a 69, which left him one shot behind the leaders.
MASTERCARD CHAMPIONSHIP: Tom Kite had two eagles in a course-record 9-under 63 to take a three-stroke lead in the Senior PGA Tour's season-opening MasterCard Championship.
Kite, who eagled Nos. 4 and 7 and added five birdies in the bogey-free round, hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation on the Hualalai Golf Club course.
Defending champion Larry Nelson opened with a 66. Doug Tewell, who had a hole-in-one on the 208-yard eighth hole, was another stroke back along with Bob Gilder and Jim Colbert in the tournament limited to tour winners in the last two years and major champions in the last five seasons.
DUNHILL CHAMPIONSHIP: Sandeep Grewal, the 20-year-old Englishman making his second European tour start, shot an 8-under 64 for a share of the lead in the Dunhill Championship.
Grewal had a 10-under 134 total to match South Africa's Roger Wessels (66). U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen of South Africa and Anthony Wall of England, the 2000 Dunhill winner, were a stroke back after 67s.